Wine Review – 2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

Wine Review –  2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – Vintages 68015 – $16.00 – ***½+ – As far as unoaked Chardonnay from Ontario goes there is something a little magical about this wine. The nose is bright, fresh and clean with lemon and lime notes and a potent mineral note that sails over the fruit and pulls this wine together like the rug in the room of the Big Lebowski. This sits on the palate with a near-creaminess……

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Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

A spring visit to Norman Hardie is something I always look forward to. The next couple years County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be in short supply, but there is nothing to be worried about if you’re a fan of Norm’s wines. The “entry level” bottles have never been better with strong offerings of Riesling, Calcaire and Gamay. The day that I visited Norm’s was in the middle of our very wet spring. The entrance…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

2016 Henry of Pelham Fumé Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95 – ****+ – Wow, just wow! Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something that needs a little more love and this bottle is a reason why. There is an intense tropical note on the nose with guava, passion fruit and pineapple. The flavours match the nose and open up with a nice weight and texture on the palate. This is truly a bottle worth seeking out and…

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Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – 2013 North 43 Cabernet Franc

Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – 2013 North 43 Cabernet Franc

2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – Vintages 131169 – $21.00 – **** – Straight up, this is the best vintage of Riesling I have ever tasted from Norm. This has beautiful balance, but also a nice depth of flavour. This is made with 30% County Fruit and 70% Niagara Fruit. There is a slight funkiness to the nose that is layered over apple and citrus. There is a slight sweetness on the mid palate but it…

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Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – $44.95 – ****½ – Cuvée Catherine Sparkling from Henry of Pelham is a benchmark for Sparkling wine in the province. It would seem the Speck brothers aren’t content with setting the bar without exceeding it themselves. The nose offers a hint of vanilla, orchard fruit, bright citrus notes and rising pizza dough. On the palate this opens up with a slight creaminess and it fills your mouth from…

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Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage – $45.15 – ****½ – Raspberry jam and currant on the nose. The way this wine starts it tells a story of fruit and a warm fall and a great vintage. But when you take your first sip you see that this isn’t a story, but more of a saga. There is a cocoa note, there is a smoky note, and then there is more fruit. Plum, Blackberry, Blueberry write the…

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2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I have a hard time ageing white wines in my home. The problem with Riesling is that while it does have fantastic ageing potential, it offers so much in it’s youth. I recognize Riesling north of thirty dollars is at a price point where you may thing twice about gulping down a bottle on a Friday night, but that’s not a…

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Five Rows – Summer 2017

Five Rows – Summer 2017

I recently made a visit to Five Rows winery for the first time. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of this small winery. The reason is simple, there really isn’t a lot of wine being made here. This winery is the definition of cult following. Winemaker and grape grower Wes Lowrey updates a blog periodically with what is going on at the winery. How this blog differs from many wineries is that it’s not…

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